The TBG DIY PC Build Guides

By Ari Altman | Published July 15, 2024 | Updated July 15, 2024

Introduction to the TBG PC Build Guides

Welcome to TBG’s DIY PC Build Guides! This is where you’ll find all the best PC builds on the ‘net, from ultra-compact home office PCs to screaming-fast gaming towers. In total, we offer 20 distinct DIY PC Build guides, constantly updated with the latest and greatest components.

The July 2024 Updates

Early 2024 saw a few major product updates, but nothing that shook up the DIY PC industry in a serious way. Things are about to get interesting, however, as AMD is releasing its next-gen 9000-series processors at the end of July. While they will no doubt be impressive, they likely will be mediocre choices for gamers, because AMD confessed that they wont beat AMD’s own game-dominating 7000X3D models, which won’t be replaced until the end of the year. So while we may change up a few of our professional-oriented PCs in the coming months, we don’t anticipate anything new for gamers, including GPUs, until the end of the year.

With regard to other key components, we have lots of good news. After six months of increasing prices, we’ve seen SSD prices stabilize, so the worst is definitely behind us. We’ve also seen RAM prices being to drop for the first time since mid-2023, which is great news for PC builders. It used to be that DDR5 prices were a barrier to adopting new platforms from Intel and AMD, but that’s no longer true. And DDR4 prices are shockingly low, which we take advantage of in several budget builds that use legacy platforms.

Now for some sad news: one of our absolute favorite CPU cooler manufacturers, Deepcool, with which we had a long and cooperative relationship, has run afoul of sanctions on Russia and been banned from the United States. We assume this was just an unintended error, and hopefully they can find their way back to the US market, but it does mean we’ve had to adjust quickly. About one quarter of all our builds used Deepcool coolers, and we’ve now replaced all of them with competing products from other manufacturers. Luckily, the CPU cooler market has been very dynamic as of late, so there are many great new products to choose from. That means the performance of our builds will not suffer, and in some cases they actually offer a bit better performance per dollar!

Using the TBG PC Build Guides

Whether it’s your first, tenth, or hundredth time building a PC, these guides will set you up with the best components you can buy. To find the right PC for you, feel free to browse all of the options below, or alternatively choose specific criteria from our filter browser below, which will display just the builds that meet your needs. You can then click on the “View Specs” button to see a quick view of prices, parts, and dimensions, or click the “View Guide” button to jump straight to the full Build Guide for that build. Happy hunting, and good luck with whichever build you choose!

Our DIY PC Build Guides are updated monthly, and sometimes daily, to ensure you get the most up-to-date info. If you appreciate the work we do on these, don’t forget to use our Amazon and Newegg links to support continued publication of these guides. And if you’re specifically interested in Small Form Factor PCs, definitely check out our monthly guide to the Small Form Factor PC Market as well.

We’d like to express special thanks to SilverStone Technology Co., which sponsors the TBG PC Build Guides. Founded in 2003, SilverStone has made major contributions to PC case design, small form factor PC development, and power supply innovation!


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